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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Last-Minute Party Girl + $100 Gift Card

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the last minute party girl I’m really excited to share a great book by cooking & entertaining guru Erika Lenkert as part of our giveaway today! It’s called The Last-Minute Party Girl and is a fun, ultra-hip, how-to read that’s full of fabulous advice, witty anecdotes, and tons of great recipes. Here are just a couple of the of many rave reviews for The Last-Minute Party Girl :

"The Last-Minute Party Girl puts the FUN back into FUNctions. It’s a lively resource for those who like to entertain with style, but don’t have the time (not to mention the pocketbook) to turn a simple soiree into their raison d’etre for a month."
– Glynis Costin , Party Girl, Mother of Two, and West Coast Bureau Chief, In Style Magazine

"Erika Lenkert’s recipes for tossing fabulous parties are equal parts sexy, sweet, spicy, and sassy. With hilarious stories and an insider’s approach, The Last-Minute Party Girl is the ultimate handbook for hosting the perfect party."
– Peter Davis , Editor at Large, Paper Magazine


The book’s 10 chapters include things like Party Girl Etiquette, Vibe by Design (setting the scene), Painless Party Planning, A-List Appetizers, and The Party-Girl Pantry (survival supplies & shortcuts that will keep you stocked & prepared for even unexpected gatherings).

And speaking of supplies , you’re going to need something to help you stock up on some party girl must-haves of your own… so how does a $100 gift card to cb2 or Crate&Barrel sound?!



FIRST PRIZE : Author-signed copy of The Last Minute Party Girl + a $100 gift card to your choice of cb2 or Crate&Barrel

SECOND PRIZE : Author-signed copies of The Last Minute Party Girl for 4 more lucky readers

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Post a comment here. Tell us what you’d spend your winnings on, share your own favorite party advice, or just say anything!
Enter by Thursday, April 17th at midnight PST. Be sure to login or include your email address (won’t be published) so that we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

700 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Last-Minute Party Girl + $100 Gift Card”

  1. Marissa says:

    I would spend the money on new serving plates and wine glasses! Pick me please!

  2. Laura says:

    A sparkling water maker — perfect for making water a little more exciting.

  3. Katie Hall says:

    I would definitely spend the money for some outdoor entertaining decor/supplies. I’m really into my back deck and can’t wait to entertain this summer!

  4. Ashley says:

    How fun! I’d definitely try to find some outdoor dishes so we can spend more time on the screened lanai and in the backyard. Entertaining outdoors is so fun. Thank you!!!

  5. sarah says:

    Wow, 3 things I love: planning parties, going to parties, and shopping at Crate & Barrel!

  6. Carmen says:

    Sounds like a book I could use this summer. And a gift card always comes in handy.

  7. Tara Hill says:

    Anything. Just Kidding! I would get a nice set (or two) of different wine glasses…I have a bunch of mix and match! Thanks!

  8. Casie says:

    I would love to win serving platters. Using paper plates is not so classy. :)

  9. Natalie says:

    I’d use it towards a bridal shower I’m co-hosting in August. It’s my first time hosting one, so it should be fun!

  10. Meredith Peters says:

    Planning a party would be a good way to make myself start some spring cleaning!

  11. Lindsay L says:

    This sounds wonderful! I just bought a dining table from Crate and Barrel and I’m in desperate need of new dinnerware. Thank You!

  12. Louise Brouillette says:

    I need help in this area, so I’d love to win!

  13. denise baker says:

    I’m always looking for great books about entertaining. I love a good party anytime of the year but there is something about summer that just gets me in the mood to throw some fabulous bashes – this book couldn’t come at a better time

  14. Tracy says:

    Since my husband is such a last minute party thrower and I like entertaining but am a planner I think this book will help me out tremendously. Definitely a great fit for both our personalities! And what better way to get the party started than with a gc from Crate & Barrel!!

  15. Tami H says:

    I would blow the entire $100 on all white serving pieces…trying to build up my stash. The book sounds fab!

  16. Rosalynde says:

    I have a feeling this will soon become a much-thumbed reference for me.

  17. Jenny B says:

    I’d love to win- This book sounds like it would be helpful with our monthly Dinner Club!

  18. Tara R says:

    If this is open to Canadians I would love to win!

  19. Erma says:

    I would spend it on my kids. They deserve it.

  20. Kim O. says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book! And I could definitely blow $100 at Crate and Barrel, too:-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I’d get some new items for the kitchen, maybe an ice cream a maker.

  22. Carolyn Nedrow says:

    This prize would be a great help to me because we always are having friends and family for a get-together!

  23. Lee Taylor says:

    I’m a Crate & Barrel addict! I would enjoy spending my winnings there!

  24. Meghan says:

    Sounds great!! i would definitely get some fun lights and decor for my deck- spring is finally coming and i can’t wait to spend time out there!!!

  25. Carol Harrity says:

    What a great prize package. Thank you.

  26. Debra Casey says:

    It has taken OVER a year and 4 carpenters and way too much $$$ to remodel my tiny kitchen, arrgh. Now that it is finally done I would use the gift card to put some nice kitchenware in it.

  27. CB says:

    Pick me! I probably would buy myself a really sweet wusthoff knife(s). Been on my wish list ever since many friends tell me that a good cook always has a great set of knives! Also wouldn’t mind splurging on some cupcake related items too!

    I hope I win!

    Thanks for hosting the giveway! :)

  28. Huguette E. says:

    Sounds wonderful! Great for patio parties coming this summer ♥

  29. whitney says:

    I’ve got some serious outdoor sprucing up to do before derby day. Come to my rescue, please!

  30. Natalie says:

    I would love to win this!! Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks!

  31. emily says:

    how fun! i would go NUTS with a crate&barrel gift card, and i could use lots of advice on parties for the summer season!

  32. Rebecca says:

    This sounds like a book that I need. I love to throw parties…..and I do everything last minute!

  33. Susie Gonzalez says:

    I love entertaining on a budget! Most of my table decor is homemade. I’d love to splurge on some cute serving pieces from crate & barrel!

  34. Sarah says:

    I would love to have this book. I’m putting together my first wedding shower this May and would love to get some great ideas.

  35. Suzy says:

    This sounds like a great prize! Count me in for the contest!

  36. sarah says:

    I like to set out all of my serving platters, utencils, labels, etc the night before the party so I know where everything goes, and because it looks like I have so much together, even if I haven’t started cooking!

  37. sas408 says:

    I hope I win!

  38. Emily Runyan says:

    I would love the book–just got Hassle Free Host and it was NOT helpful! Need some more help with entertaining in a hurry! :)

  39. rachel jensen says:

    Yea. Great giveaway. I’m getting married on the beach and would LOVE, LOVE to get the sea urchin vases for our tables. And my advice for throwing a party/wedding is: care about the details beforehand, but enjoy yourself the day of.

  40. Deb says:

    I’m planning my mother in-law’s 50th birthday party, so I need all the extra help I can get!